Roberto Lazcano, 47, received shocking news on November 7, 2018 – he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. Doctors told him chemotherapy and radiation were an immediate need, and that his outlook for the future depended on prompt care.
He has no insurance, and he has no means to pay for all of the medical bills because private insurance companies wouldn’t approve him after his diagnosis. The cancer he was to be treated for was estimated at nearly $50,000. After being turned away from both medical facilities and insurance groups because he had no insurance to prove he could pay for the treatment, he found Choice Cancer Care.
Choice Cancer Care agreed to provide Roberto with lifesaving cancer treatment for $25,000. Although, the billing professionals at the medical facility said he needed to pay $12,000 of that amount upfront to be eligible for the financial assistance.
The Lazcano family contacted friends and family in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. They even reached out to loved ones residing in Mexico, which is where the family is originally from. People sent the family money to support Roberto, but the funds were still insufficient to reach the minimum amount required.
A nonprofit organization called Mankind was able to provide Roberto with a financial donation that brought his total from Mankind and loved ones to over $7,000. The Lazcanos went back to Choice Cancer Care and explained that $7,000 was the most the family could pay at the moment. So, CCC accepted the payment of $7,000, and Roberto signed an agreement that he would pay the hospital $2,000 per month until the $25,000 total was reached.
He needs at least $18,000 to meet the $25,000 cancer treatment cost; he must pay the hospital $2,000 per month until that total is reached. Additionally, Roberto will have to pay for required scans after the treatment is completed. Roberto cannot face this financial burden and life-threatening illness alone.
A cancer diagnosis can take away financial security, the normalcy of day-to-day activities and even hope for the future. Those diagnosed with cancer often rely on a support system such as family and friends, charities or religious organizations to restore what was lost, if possible.
Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated, as it will allow Roberto to continue with his treatments. Thank you in advance for your generosity with emotional, financial and spiritual support for Roberto Lazcano and his family. To learn more about his battle with cancer and financial situation, visit the Mankind website.